The search is on for Region 8’s Outstanding Flexible Learning Teacher.

Aiming to recognize the exemplary performance of the teachers in flexible learning delivery, the Eastern Visayas Higher Education Institutions- Flexible Learning Management System Consortium, the Philippine Association of State Universities and  Colleges (PASUC) 8, and the Commission on Higher Education-Regional Office 8 (CHED-RO8) officially launched the Search for the Outstanding Flexible Learning (FL) Teachers in Eastern Visayas.

Highlighting the celebration of the 1st National Higher Education Day last May 19 at the Visayas State University, BiPSU President and EVHEIs-FLMSC Chairperson Dr. Victor C. Cañezo, Jr. led the launching of the said award. 

“This initiative mainly anchored on the premise of recognizing the selfless dedication of educators who have been in the frontline of the flexible learning implementation amidst this pandemic,” Dr. Cañezo, who is also the chair of the award, said.

He added that this award would bring out the commendable and diverse stories of excellence among the teachers in the region and affirmed that the consortium is looking forward to a better and quality implementation of flexible learning in the region.

"Simply put, this regional award is expected to flesh out the picture of what it takes to be a teacher who is responsive to the pandemic pedagogy and is positioned to serve as a springboard for feedback for the continual improvement of flexible learning schemes across the Eastern Visayas," he said.

Premised on the “5G Model Approach of Excellence in Flexible Learning” developed by Dr. Edizon A. Fermin of National Teachers College, the award will be the first in the region to be given to faculty members who embody the 5G – Ganda, Galing, Gahum, Giliw, and Ganda.

The said model is the framework in the formulation of the guidelines, mechanics, and criteria in assessing and evaluating the nominees. Dr. Fermin, who is also a member of CHED Advisory Council on Flexible Learning and Co-Chairman CHED Technical Panel in Teacher Education, explained that ‘Ganda’ pertains to the educator’s excellence in determining the most appropriate flexible learning design and delivery for specific learners; 'Galing' refers to the teacher's ability to address learners’ concerns on flexibility in engagement in terms of pace, place, process, and products of learning; 'Gahum' means establishing, negotiating and implementing rules, regulations, and routines that foster learner motivation and agency; 'Giliw' build and nurture connectedness with learners and other education stakeholders in order to sustain engagement despite the challenges of remote learning; and ‘Gugma’ foster and sustain a genuine love for learning and for reaching out to others with care and compassion given the challenges posed by remote learning.

The teachers who will apply or nominated by the SUC President will vie on the three categories based on the number of years in service namely: Outstanding Flexible Rookie Teacher, Outstanding Flexible Junior Teacher, and Outstanding Flexible Senior Teacher, and will receive cash prizes, certificates and a plaque of recognition during the awarding tentatively scheduled on December this year.

Ten outstanding teachers will be awarded in every category in the different educational disciplines such as Agriculture, Fishery, and Marine Biology, Humanities, and Communication, Engineering, Teacher Education, Social Sciences, Health Education, Science and Mathematics, Technology and Computer Sciences, Accounting, Business, and Management, Maritime Education, and Law.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a massive blow to how educational institutions deliver and facilitate learning. The traditional means of teaching and learning, which involve face-to-face classes, are no longer considered viable pedagogical approaches. This unprecedented reality has forced State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to resort to what we now commonly hear, and others, unfortunately, misunderstand, "Flexible Learning (FL)"— an approach that employs a combination of digital and non-digital technology which does not necessarily require internet connection (Magsambol, 2021).

Biliran Province State University (BiPSU) President, Dr. Victor C. Cañezo, joins the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Global Academic Leadership Program for State Universities and Colleges (SUC) Presidents (GALP-SUC), with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) as the identified delivering Institution.

The program “aims to equip participants with concepts, frameworks, principles and innovative tools to assist them towards becoming better leaders and strengthen the problem-solving, decision-making and team-building skills of the participants given the challenges of the 21st-century learnings and the new perspective of the 4th industrial revolution,” the School of Executive Education and Lifelong Learning (SEEL) of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) stressed in its program primer.

CHED GALP is a 40-half day live online program with Four (4) modules on Education Environment in VUCA Times, Institutional Building, Academic Leadership, and Resource Mobilization that will be discussed and expounded on the program. Learning team exercises, simulation activities, facilitated discussions, case study sessions, and presentations are among the learning methodologies during the course.

The program essentially aims to “provide the essential and transformative skills for the global academic leadership of SUC Presidents and CHED Directors to meet the needs of the 21st century and support the new vision and mission of CHED that will lead the SUCs to SMART Universities” Scholarships for Graduate Studies Abroad and International Relations (SGSA-IR) team under the International Affairs Staff (IAS) office underscored in its notice of nomination.

Dr. Cañezo’s participation has also been realized through the favorable nomination of Dr. Aldrin A. Darilag, CHRP, RMT, RN, Commissioner of CHED, and Chairperson of the BiPSU Governing Board.

Biliran Province State University (BiPSU) will host a 2-day Strategic Foresight Masterclass for its 25 executives on July 12-13, 2021, in collaboration with the Center for Engaged Foresight (CEF).

"The Leading from the Future: Strategic Foresight Masterclass was designed to introduce, immerse, expose and increase the anticipatory knowledge and capacities of the Biliran Province State University Executive Leadership. This is curated to provide key leadership and key officials with the necessary working knowledge and insight to use futures as an asset, resource, and tool to change and transform today," Professor Shermon O. Cruz, Director and Futurist at Center for Engaged Foresight (CEF)and Chair at the Association of Professional Futurists expressed during a coordination meeting with BiPSU on May 10

The Strategic Foresight Masterclass will introduce, discuss and immerse participants in an action learning journey that includes:

  • What is and Why Futures Thinking?
  • What is and Why Strategic Foresight, Anticipatory Leadership and Governance in University Futures?
  • What is the Association of Professional Futurists Six Critical Steps to Building Anticipatory Leadership and Governance?
  • Learning how to use powerful strategic foresight tools and methods.
  • Present and discuss strategic foresight case studies in university and food futures.
  • Consolidate insights and determine the next steps for BiPSU's futures thinking program and research agenda.

According to UNESCO, the lack of futures literacy impedes us from discovering and creating new ideas and navigate unknown terrains. Futures thinking enables people and organizations to identify and re-imagine the future (Miller, 2018). Decision-making in education often focuses on the short-term, looking to make established practices more efficient. By opening perspectives beyond immediate constraints, Futures Thinking enhances policymakers' and practitioners' capacity to anticipate change, grasp opportunities, and cope with threats.

"It is expected that the masterclass would serve as a springboard for our university officials toward greater understanding and eventual application of FFT in our institution, especially as we prepare ourselves for the Institutional Strategic Planning for the fiscal year 2022 come July of this year. This activity could also serve as preliminary preparations for an establishment of a Center for Strategic Foresight and Future Studies in the region," Mr. Joedel Peñaranda, Director of Institutional Planning Office (IPO) and Lead Organizer of the event, stressed during the meeting.

Dr. Marianne B. Mendoza, Director of Research & Innovation (RIO) Office, also shared during a coordination meeting today that the activity is crucial in the finalization of the University Research Agenda as Strategic Foresight and Futures-Thinking could serve as a rudder to where the institutional will traverse years from now.

Biliran Province State University (BiPSU) received recognitions during the virtual awarding of the 2021 Gawad CHEDRO VIII last May 20.

The said award-giving activity spearheaded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) was organized to recognize Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the region which have made exemplary performance in different areas including the conduct of COVID-19-Related Activities, securing of Certificate of Program Compliance (CoPC), and production of graduates of the Scholarship for Graduate Studies- Local Program, among others. In an interview, BiPSU University President Dr. Victor C. Cañezo, Jr. noted that BiPSU's recognition is not just a milestone of the institution, it is also the success of all its employees and stakeholders working behind.

"Being an awardee by CHED with these three recognitions is a proof of our continued commitment in serving quality education for our students while ensuring that our employees and the community are also well taken cared of," he added.

BiPSU has eight COPC

With BiPSU's efforts in advancing its programs to ensure that quality education is provided to its students, BiPSU was again recognized by CHED with its eight programs awarded with CoPC. Certificate of Program Compliance or CoPC is a recognition by CHED that the degree programs offered by an SUC are in full compliance with the policies, standards, and guidelines set by the commission. BiPSU's eights programs with CoPC include Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS), Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management (BSHM), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BA Comm), Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd), Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

BiPSU in COVID-19 initiatives

Meanwhile, BiPSU's initiative to help the community in the mitigation of COVID-19 was also recognized in the said awarding. As soon as the province was put into community quarantine last year, BiPSU immediately extended its resources to Biliranons and the nearby cities. Among these initiatives include provision of meals, washable facemasks and PPEs to frontliners around the province, distribution of improvised intubation box to the Biliran Provincial Hospital (BPH), different Rural Health Units (RHUs) and nearby healthcare facilities, and extension of assistance to stranded students in Biliran. According to Dr. Cañezo, BiPSU and the rest of the community share the same fight, and as an institution with something to offer, BiPSU had always extended and will continue to extend its services to the community.

BiPSU among SUCs with highest SGS grads

BIPSU was also recognized for producing graduates of the Scholarship of Graduate Studies (SGS)-Local Program Graduates of Sending Higher Education Institutions (SHEIs). With 14 graduates from the Main Campus and four from the Biliran Campus, BiPSU is one of the SUCs with the highest numbers of graduates in the said scholarship program. SGS is a program of CHED that provides graduate student-recipients with scholarship privileges that include tuition cost, stipend, book allowance, and transportation allowance. BiPSU, a Sending Higher Education Institution that nominates personnel for the said scholarship, has six graduates of Doctor's Degree and eight graduates of Master's Degree.

Moreover, the 2021 Gawad CHEDRO VIII, attended by the private and public HEI Presidents in the region, is in line with the week-long celebration of the 1st National Higher Education Day and the CHED 27th Founding Anniversary.

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